Electronic apparatus and image forming apparatus

Electronic apparatus and image forming apparatus
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(12) Patent Application Publication (10) Pub. No.: US 2013/0321836 A1
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ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND IMAGE
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FORMING APPARATUS
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CPC ............................... .. H04N1/00392 (2013.01)
USPC
(71) Applicant: KYOCERA DOCUMENT
SOLUTIONS, INC., Osaka (JP)
(72) Inventor:
Akifumi Seto, Osaka (JP)
(21) Appl. No.: 13/898,498
(22) Filed:
(30)
May 21, 2013
Foreign Application Priority Data
(JP) ............................... .. 2012-122874
Jan. 21, 2013
(JP) ............................... .. 2013-008089
Publication Classi?cation
Int. Cl.
H04N 1/00
(57)
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(2006.01)
ABSTRACT
In an electronic apparatus, a memory unit stores relation
information to relate selectable items to be selected by a user
a ?rst step and a second step. The ?rst step causes a display
unit to display a ?rst WindoW in Which plural selectable items
in a layer is displayed. The second step causes the display unit
to display a second WindoW in Which selectable items are
displayed While the plural selectable items are displayed in
the ?rst WindoW, if one of the plural selectable items is
selected in the ?rst WindoW; and the selectable items dis
played in the second WindoW are related With the selected
selectable item and are located in a layer loWer than the layer
of the selected selectable item by one layer in the relation
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ELECTRONIC APPARATUS AND IMAGE
FORMING APPARATUS
electronic apparatus; and an image forming apparatus con
?gured to form an image on a paper sheet. The plural select
able items include an item to be selected by a user to cause the
CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED
APPLICATIONS
[0001] This application relates to and claims priority rights
from Japanese Patent Applications: No. 2012-122874, ?led
on May 30, 2012, and No. 2013-008089, ?led on Jan. 21,
2013, the entire disclosures of Which are hereby incorporated
image forming unit to form an image on a sheet.
[0011]
ing of the folloWing detailed description along With the
accompanied draWings.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
by reference herein.
BACKGROUND
[0002] 1. Field of the Invention
[0003] The present disclosure relates to an electronic appa
ratus and an image forming apparatus.
[0004] 2. Description of the Related Art
[0005] For a setting operation to cause an electronic appa
ratus to perform a function, for example, a knoWn conven
tional technique displays a WindoW in Which a selectable item
to be a setting value of the function is displayed so as to enable
a user to select the selectable item for the easy setting opera
tion. Further, another technique displays plural WindoWs cor
responding to respective layers of functions, and enables a
user to perform setting operations along the order of them.
[0006] HoWever, When the aforementioned techniques are
used for a setting of a function in a deep layer, the deeper the
These and other objects, features and advantages of
the present invention Will become more apparent upon read
[0012]
FIG. 1 shoWs a schematic structure diagram of a
multifunction peripheral as an example of an image forming
apparatus according to an embodiment of the present disclo
sure;
[0013]
FIG. 2 shoWs an explanatory diagram Which indi
cates an example of an operation unit according to an embodi
ment of the present disclosure;
[0014]
FIG. 3 shoWs a block diagram Which indicates an
electronic con?guration of a multifunction peripheral accord
ing to an embodiment of the present disclosure;
[0015] FIG. 4 shoWs an explanatory diagram Which indi
cates an example of relation information stored in a memory
unit in an embodiment of the present disclosure;
[0016] FIG. 5 shoWs a ?owchart Which indicates an
example of the ?rst half of actions to cause a user to perform
an operation for selecting a selectable item in an embodiment
layer is the more WindoWs a user must operate, and therefore,
the heavier burden is given to a user. Further, to redo a setting
operation for a function in an upper layer, a user must perform
the folloWing operations. The user closes all WindoWs corre
perform an operation for selecting a selectable item in an
sponding to functions in layers loWer than the upper layer, and
redoes the setting operation and then redoes setting opera
embodiment of the present disclosure;
[0018] FIGS. 7A and 7B shoW explanatory diagrams Which
tions layer by layer in turn until a WindoW in a layer of a user’ s
objective function is displayed.
[0007] To reduce such a user’s burden, for example, a tech
nique groups plural Working WindoWs displayed on a screen,
and closes the grouped Working WindoWs at once.
[0008] Although the aforementioned technique reduces the
user’ s burden to close WindoWs corresponding to functions in
layers loWer than the upper layer, the user must still redo
setting operations from the upper layer to loWer layers layer
by layer.
of the present disclosure;
[0017] FIG. 6 shoWs a ?owchart Which indicates an
example of the second half of actions to cause a user to
indicate an example of actions of a ?rst step and a second step
in an embodiment of the present disclosure;
[0019]
FIGS. 8A and 8B shoW explanatory diagrams Which
indicate an example of an action of a third step in an embodi
ment of the present disclosure;
[0020] FIGS. 9A and 9B shoW explanatory diagrams Which
indicate an example of an action of a fourth step in an embodi
ment of the present disclosure;
[0021] FIGS. 10A and 10B shoW explanatory diagrams
Which indicate an example of an action of a ?fth step in an
SUMMARY
[0009] An electronic apparatus according to an aspect of
the present disclosure includes a display unit, a memory unit
con?gured to store relation information to relate selectable
items to be selected by a user in a layered tree structure, and
a display control unit con?gured to perform a ?rst step and a
second step. The ?rst step causes the display unit to display a
?rst WindoW in Which plural selectable items in a layer is
displayed so as to enable a user to select. The second step
causes the display unit to display a second WindoW in Which
selectable items are displayed so as to enable a user to select
While the plural selectable items are displayed so as to enable
a user to select in the ?rst WindoW, if one of the plural select
able items is selected in the ?rst WindoW; and the selectable
items displayed in the second WindoW are related With the
selected selectable item and are located in a layer loWer than
the layer of the selected selectable item by one layer in the
relation information.
[0010] Further, an image forming apparatus according to an
aspect of the present disclosure includes the aforementioned
embodiment of the present disclosure; and
[0022] FIGS. 11A and 11B shoW explanatory diagrams
Which indicate an example of an action of a sixth step in an
embodiment of the present disclosure.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION
[0023]
Hereinafter, referencing to draWings, an embodi
ment of the present disclosure is explained. FIG. 1 shoWs a
schematic structure diagram of a multifunction peripheral 1
as an example of an image forming apparatus according to an
embodiment of the present disclosure.
[0024]
As shoWn in FIG. 1, the multifunction peripheral 1
includes a document reader unit 5, a document feeder unit 6,
a main body unit 8, and an operation unit 7.
[0025] The document reader unit 5 is arranged on the main
body unit 8. The document reader unit 5 includes a scanner
unit 51 Which consists of an exposure lamp, a CCD (Charge
Coupled Device), and other elements, and a platen glass 52
and a document reading slit part 53 con?gured of transparent
members such as glass.
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[0026] The scanner unit 51 is con?gured to be capable of
moving by a not-shoWn driving unit. When reading a docu
a user on the liquid crystal display P, namely a gesture opera
tion. On the basis of information on the trace received by the
ment put on the platen glass 52, the scanner unit 51 moves
touch panel device 71, the control unit 10 mentioned beloW
receives an instruction by means of the gesture operation.
along a surface of the document beneath the platen glass 52,
obtains image data While scanning an image of the document,
[0035]
For example, the touch panel device 71 receives
and outputs the image data to a control unit 10 mentioned
beloW. When reading a document fed by the document feeder
operation, a sWipe operation, and a ?ick operation. The tap
unit 6, the scanner unit 51 moves to beneath the document
operation is to tap the liquid crystal display P. The pinch
reading slit part 53, obtains image through the document
operation is either to touch and pinch a surface of the liquid
crystal display P With tWo ?ngers or to spread the tWo ?ngers
touching and pinching the surface. The sWipe operation is to
slide a ?nger While the ?nger touches a surface of the liquid
crystal display P. The ?ick operation is to move a ?nger like
sWeeping a surface of the liquid crystal display P.
[0036] The indicators 72a to 72f include light emitting
reading slit part 53 While synchronizing With a transport
action of the document, and outputs its image data to a control
unit 10 mentioned beloW.
[0027]
The document feeder unit 6 is arranged above the
document reader unit 5. The document feeder unit 6 includes
a document tray unit 61 on Which a document is put, a docu
ment output part 62 to Which a document is outputted after an
image of the document has been read, and a document trans
port mechanism 63 Which feeds a document put on the docu
ment tray unit 61 sheet by sheet onto the document reading
slit part 53 and outputs the document to the document output
unit 62.
sorts of gesture operations such as a tap operation, a pinch
diodes or the like, and blink or turn on/ off to indicate a status
of the multifunction peripheral 1. For example, the indicator
72a blinks When printing, the indicator 72b blinks When
transmitting data to the outside, and the indicator 72c blinks
When receiving data from the outside. The indicator 72d
The main body unit 8 includes plural paper cassettes
blinks When accessing data stored in a hard disk drive, a
memory and so forth arranged in the multifunction peripheral
461; a paper feeding roller 412 Which feeds a paper sheet from
either the paper cassettes 461 or a manual paper tray 462, and
The indicator 72fturns on When the multifunction peripheral
[0028]
transports the sheet to an image forming unit 4; the image
forming unit 4 Which forms an image on the transported paper
sheet; and a stack tray 47 and an output tray 48 to Which a
paper sheet on Which an image has been formed is outputted.
1. The indicator 72e turns on or blinks When a trouble arises.
1 is in the poWer-on status.
[0037] The input keys 73a to 73d are installed for a user to
input a number or a symbol and cancel or con?rm an inputted
character string. For example, the input keys 7311 are so-called
[0029] The image forming unit 4 includes a sheet transport
ing unit 41, a light scanning device 42, a photo conductor
numeric keys installed to input a number and a symbol. The
input key 73b is a so-called clear key installed to cancel an
drum 43, a developing unit 44, a transferring unit 45, and a
fuser unit 46.
[0030] The sheet transporting unit 41 is arranged on a sheet
The input key 730 is a so-called quick number key installed to
transport path in the image forming unit 4; and includes a
or the like in advance and input the invoked character string.
inputted character string.
invoke a character string Which has been stored in a memory
transporting roller 413 Which provides a paper sheet trans
The input key 73d is a so-called enter key (return key)
ported by the paper feeding roller 412 to the photo conductor
installed to con?rm an instruction such as an input instruction
of a character string or a selection instruction of a soft key.
[0038] The sWitches 74a to 74m are sWitches to sWitch a
drum 43, a transporting roller 414 Which transports a paper
sheet to the stack tray 47, a transporting roller 415 Which
transports a paper sheet to the output tray 48, and so forth.
[0031] The light scanning device 42 outputs laser light
based on image data inputted to the control unit 10. The light
scanning device 42 scans the laser light on the photo conduc
tor drum 43 to form an electrostatic latent image on the photo
conductor drum 43.
[0032]
The developing unit 44 forms a toner image by
function in use in the multifunction peripheral 1. For
example, as mainly used one, the sWitch 74a is a sWitch of a
system menu function for inputting an initial setting generally
related to actions of the multifunction peripheral 1, and is
operated to display a WindoW on the liquid crystal display P to
cause a user to perform a setting operation of the initial
setting. Hereinafter, the sWitch 74a is called as the system
attaching toner to an electrostatic latent image on the photo
conductor drum 43. The transferring unit 45 transfers a toner
image on the photo conductor drum 43 onto a paper sheet. The
fuser unit 46 ?xes a toner image on a paper sheet by heating
the paper sheet on Which the toner image has been transferred.
menu button 74a.
[0033]
display P to cause a user to perform a setting operation of the
copy function. The sWitch 74k is a sWitch of a send function
The operation unit 7 is arranged on the front surface
and con?gured to enable a user to input sorts of operations
and instructions. FIG. 2 shoWs an explanatory diagram Which
indicates an example of the operation unit 7. As shoWn in FIG.
2, the operating unit 7 is equipped With a touch panel device
71, indicators 72a to 72]; input keys 73a to 73d, sWitches 74a
[0039] The sWitch 74j is a sWitch of a copy function for
causing the image forming unit 4 to form an image based on
image data obtained by the scanner unit 51 on a paper sheet,
and is operated to display a WindoW on the liquid crystal
for sending image data obtained by the scanner unit 51 to the
outside through a communicating unit 9 mentioned beloW,
and is operated to display a WindoW on the liquid crystal
the touch panel function, the touch panel device 71 receives a
display P to cause a user to perform a setting operation of the
send function.
[0040] The start key 75 is installed to start an action of a
function. The stop key 76 is installed to stop an action of a
function. The reset key 77 is installed to reset a setting value
pressing doWn operation to a soft key When a user touches the
of a function to an initial status.
to 74m, a start key 75, a stop key 76, and a reset key 77.
[0034]
The touch panel device (display unit) 71 includes a
liquid crystal display P having a touch panel function. Using
soft key displayed by the liquid crystal display P for inputting
[0041]
an instruction. Further, using the touch panel function, the
electronic con?guration of the multifunction peripheral 1.
touchpanel device 71 receives a trace of a position touched by
The multifunction peripheral 1 connects internal units such as
FIG. 3 shoWs a block diagram Which indicates an
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the aforementioned document reader 5, the aforementioned
document feeder unit 6, the aforementioned image forming
unit 4, the aforementioned operation unit 7, the communicat
stored such as the selectable item T11 to be selected With a
setting operation for a document/ sheet setting function, the
ing unit 9, and the control unit 10 to each other so as to enable
the units to communicate With each other. Hereinafter, unless
especially described, explanation is omitted on a part With a
selectable item T12 to be selected With a setting operation for
a common setting function, the selectable item T13 to be
selected With a setting operation for a copy function, and the
selectable item T14 to be selected With a setting operation for
reference letter or numeral in FIG. 3 as same as a reference
a send function.
letter or numeral in FIG. 1 and FIG. 2.
[0050] Further, in a second layer loWer than the ?rst layer of
the selectable item T13 of the copy function by one layer,
[0042] The communicating unit 9 includes a facsimile
communicating unit 91 and a netWork interface unit 93. The
facsimile communicating unit 91 is connected to a telephone
line 95. The facsimile communicating unit 91 includes an
NCU (Network Control Unit) Which controls a connection of
a telephone line to the other party, and a modem circuit Which
performs modulation and demodulation for a facsimile com
munication signal. The facsimile communicating unit 91
sends image data obtained by the document reader 5 to
another facsimile machine through the telephone line 95, and
receives image data sent from another facsimile machine.
[0043] The netWork interface unit 93 is connected to a LAN
(Local Area Network) 97. The netWork interface unit 93 is a
communication interface circuit to perform communication
With a terminal device such as a personal computer connected
to the LAN 97. The netWork interface unit 93 sends image
data obtained by the document reader 5 through the LAN 97
three selectable items T131 to T133 to be selected With a
setting operation for detailed functions in the copy function
are stored and related With the selectable item T13. The
selectable item T131 is a selectable item to be selected With a
setting operation for an auto sheet action setting function. The
selectable item T132 is a selectable item to be selected With a
setting operation for an auto Zoom preference function. The
selectable item T133 is a selectable item to be selected With a
setting operation for an action setting function for a speci?c
sheet type.
[0051] Furthermore, in a third layer loWer than the second
layer of the selectable item T131 of the auto sheet action
setting function by one layer, a selectable item T1311 corre
sponding to an alternative “off ’ and a selectable item T1312
corresponding to an alternative “on” to be selected as the
alternatives for a setting of the auto sheet action setting func
to an external computer such as a personal computer, and
tion are stored and related With the selectable item T131.
receives image data sent from an external computer.
[0044] The control unit 10 includes, for example, a CPU
of the selectable item T132 of the auto Zoom preference
[0052]
In the same manner, in the layer loWer than the layer
(Central Processing Unit) Which executes predetermined
function by one layer, a selectable item T1321 corresponding
arithmetic processing; memories such as a ROM (Read Only
Memory) Which has stored a predetermined control program
and a RAM (Random Access Memory) Which temporarily
to an alternative “off” and a selectable item T1322 corre
stores data; a storage medium such as an HDD (Hard Disk
stored and related With the selectable item T132. Further, in
the layer loWer than the layer of the selectable item T133 of
the action setting function for a speci?c sheet type by one
Drive) Which stores sorts of data such as image data; anASIC
(Application Speci?c Integrated Circuit) as speci?c hardWare
con?gured to perform a predetermined process such as image
processing at a high speed, peripheral circuits therefor, and so
forth. The control unit 10 performs sorts of processes by
executing a control program stored in the ROM and so forth
With the CPU and controls actions on the units and the devices
in the multifunction peripheral 1.
[0045]
For a control to cause a user to perform a setting
operation, the control unit 10 acts as an operation receiving
unit 11, a memory unit 12, and a display control unit 13.
[0046]
sponding to an alternative “on” to be selected as the altema
tives for a setting of the auto Zoom preference function are
layer, a selectable item T1331 corresponding to an alternative
“speed priority” and a selectable item T1332 corresponding
to an alternative “matching print direction” to be selected as
the alternatives for a setting of the action setting function for
a speci?c sheet type are stored and related With the selectable
item T133.
[0053] In the same manner, in the layer loWer than the layer
of the selectable item T14 of the send function by one layer,
four selectable items T141 to T144 to be selected With a
The operation receiving unit 11 receives input of
setting operation for detailed functions in the send function
sorts of user operations and user instructions to the operation
unit 7, such as a pressing-doWn operation to the sWitches 74a
are stored and related With the selectable item T14. The
selectable item T141 is a selectable item to be selected With a
setting operation for a function of con?rmation of a destina
tion before sending. The selectable item T142 is a selectable
item to be selected With a setting operation for a function of
con?rmation of an inputted neW destination. The selectable
item T143 is a selectable item to be selected With a setting
operation for a color mode function. The selectable item T144
is a selectable item to be selected With a setting operation for
to 74m and a gesture operation inputted With a touch panel
function of the touch panel device 71.
[0047]
The memory unit 12 is con?gured, for example,
With a ROM, and has stored relation information to relate
plural selectable items to be selected by a user in a layered tree
structure. Each of the selectable items is displayed as a soft
key to be selected by a user When the user is caused to perform
a setting operation.
[0048] FIG. 4 shoWs an explanatory diagram Which indi
an initial screen function.
cates an example of relation information stored in the
memory unit 12. For example, as shoWn in FIG. 4, relation
information stored in the memory unit 12 relates plural select
selectable item T141 of the function of con?rmation of a
[0054]
Further, in the layer loWer than the layer of the
destination before sending by one layer, a selectable item
Speci?cally, information T1 Which indicates the
T1411 corresponding to an alternative “off” and a selectable
item T1412 corresponding to an alternative “on” to be
selected as the alternatives for a setting of the function of
con?rmation of a destination before sending are stored and
system menu function is stored as a root. In a ?rst layer loWer
than the root by one layer, n selectable items T11 to T1n are
related With the selectable item T141. Furthermore, in the
layer loWer than the layer of the selectable item T142 of the
able items of a system menu function in a layered tree struc
ture.
[0049]
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